muscles still stiff after exercise - anybody else?

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muscles still stiff after exercise - anybody else?

Postby sgriff » Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:37 pm

My husband had angioplasty about a month ago. He has seen some moderate improvements with mood, leg strength, energy and cognition and some impressive improvements with headaches and bladder issues. However, when he exercises, his legs are so stiff and sore that he has trouble walking for a day or so afterward. It is a real deterrent for him wanting to exercise.

Was just wandering for those of you who have had the procedure, is this something that was alleviated for you? I wander if this problem will get better if he would exercise more regularly. Any input?
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Postby Cece » Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:31 pm

Could it be 'too much, too soon'? Maybe there could be lower-impact exercise of shorter duration...if he could find a starting point that does not cause soreness, then gradually increase?
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Postby jimmylegs » Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:35 pm

hi there sgriff,

glad to hear about hubby's improvements!

quick question: has your hubby ever measured any of the common nutrients known to be low in ms? (and which are in some cases implicated in vascular health)? my spidey-magnesium senses are tingling..

just curious :)

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Postby sgriff » Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:11 pm

Thanks CeCe - I would say no, even small amounts have the same effect on him. It's not worse than before, just not improved.

Thanks Jimmy Legs - no, we haven't checked those things. Will look at those links.
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Postby Cece » Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:21 pm

My other thought would be, does it feel like a neurological or a muscular issue?

It's always good to check with your doc, but don't know if he'd know any more than any of us...this is all pretty new. You asked for people who've had the treatment to comment, and I have not, so hopefully someone else will chime in. :)
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Postby Loobie » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:55 am

It does the same to me. Exercise just slays me. I actually do it for the feeling I get about 2 days later! I have had to really work on what's too much and what's too little because that's very important. It's hard to find that middle ground, but I had to as too much was killing me but not enough is not good either.
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Postby esta » Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:41 am

hi all, this is my third week after a stent, and i went back to my pool and did 1/2 the exercises i was doing before.
i thought i was going to die the next day. I think it's just as Loobie said, it's almost a damn if you do and damned if you don't.
Sooooooooooooo, today, i will do 1/4 and stay at that level for awhile. play is good, just moving is half the battle.
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Postby sgriff » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:10 am

Loobie,

Thanks for your comment. I was so hoping that the treatment would relieve this. I guess it's possible that it could improve at some point. It's just hard to stay motivated to exercise when you pay a price afterward. I will tell Tommy to try to find a balance. Thanks again.
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Postby Loobie » Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:20 am

I hear you about the paying the price afterwards. Even 5 years into my diagnosis of MS I was still running every day. Exercise still pumped me up, made me feel better, released endorphins, whatever you want to call it. Now it just hurts but it's worse if I don't do it at all.
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